NSLHD has become the first in the state to offer sedated COVID-19 vaccinations for adults with disabilities.
The clinic has been in high demand since it started last month with each week’s sessions booked out with people aged from 16 and above. An anaesthetist is present during the 40 minute session and assists the patient, who receives a mild sedation, while they receive their vaccination.
The need for such a vaccination clinic was realised during the peak of the vaccination campaign this year, when many carers and group home operators were seeking alternatives to the mass vaccination hubs for people with a physical or intellectual disability.
NSLHD Virtual Hospital Medical Co-director Dr Paul Collett said many of the patients who experienced a physical or intellectual disability had a fear of needles, or became agitated and were unable to be vaccinated in a regular GP setting.
“The feedback from families, doctors and the home operators has been really positive,” he said.
“Some of these patients have never been vaccinated before.